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Torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island  
   

Torii gate of the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island

It is known as the "shrine island" because of the number of sacred sites.
Crazy/serene, modern/ancient... Japan is the true land of contrasts!

April 5th 2008
Top 3 misconceptions I had about Japan: 1. Japanese people speak English - somehow I thought that since heaps of people I know have taught English in Japan that everyone would just be chatting away… not so (at least they had English signs). 2. All of Tokyo is a giant glowing neon lightshow - Ok, Shinjuku is crazy, but other parts were really quiet, peaceful and had heaps of open space. 3. ... read more
Asia » Japan

Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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